2023 Brix Challenge Results

The Brix Challenge 10 Year Anniversary

Great results for the Humane Society of McDonough County


For ten years Chris Brix has challenged others to join him in raising funds for the annual operational costs of the HSMC during the month of October. Each challenge has been met with enormous support, and this year’s Brix Challenge was another huge success. That means great things for many animals in need in McDonough County.

Thanks to fantastic support, this year’s Brix Challenge raised an amazing $21,000.00 for the HSMC’s annual operating costs. This is so exciting! All of the funds raised will be used directly to help the animals we all care so much about. The success of this year’s challenge will allow the HSMC to continue many ongoing services and programs to animals and pet owners and to continue providing direct support to the county-run McDonough County Animal Shelter, as well.

Regional media venues helped us reach a large number of people again this year. With their support, and that of members and friends, local businesses, mailings, social media and word of mouth, The Brix Challenge 2023 gained early momentum that never slowed down. We are extremely grateful to everyone who participated in any way.

It’s difficult to express how much this kindness is appreciated or to explain the positive effect it will directly have on the animals whose lives it will touch. To everyone who became a part of this challenge, our most sincere thanks.

The ongoing work of providing for animals in need requires significant funds and energy, and costs increase significantly each year. The Brix Challenge is the only major fundraiser that designates funds specifically for the HSMC’s extensive yearly operational expenses.

The HSMC is also committed to raise the substantial sum needed for a new McDonough County Animal Shelter to replace the current facility, which was built in the 1980’s and is in need of being replaced. The new building is estimated to cost over $1,000,000.00. The “Shelter Campaign” fundraising endeavors are separate from the annual operating budget, which is crucial to maintain the HSMC’s ongoing programs and initiatives.

The generosity of Chris Brix and those who participated in this year’s Brix Challenge will make the world a better place for many animals in McDonough County. The Humane Society of McDonough County members and supporters work tirelessly on a daily basis to fulfill their commitment to provide humane care and treatment for all cats and dogs in our county through many ongoing initiatives.

HSMC assistance to animals at the McDonough County Animal Shelter includes:

-promoting adoptions
-providing sponsorships
-a rescue/foster/adoption program
-providing emergency medical assistance
-assisting with care and socialization of animals while they are at the shelter, and more.

Other ongoing HSMC initiatives helping animals in need and struggling pet owners include spay/neuter transports and programs, the discretionary use of “Angel” emergency medical funds, a pet food pantry and much more.

The Humane Society of McDonough County is an all-volunteer organization, 100% dependent on donations and gifts. Our vision is to provide humane care and treatment for animals in McDonough County. While much of our work supports the McDonough County Animal Shelter and the animals there, we function as a separate entity from the county-administered shelter. All contributions to the HSMC go entirely toward improving the lives of animals in our community and those at the county animal shelter.

We sincerely thank everyone who supported The Brix Challenge this year and for the confidence shown for the hard work of the HSMC. Its success reminds us, once again, that one person’s great idea, shared with others, can create a reality of positive difference.


Cat Tails at Yappy Hour Auction Items

Tickets Available at The Door

A Sample of Silent Auction Items:

  • Silver Maintenance Package from Arnold Brothers Cooling & Heating
  • Chicago Bears Lithograph from the Chicago Bears
  • One Night Stay at Par-A-Dice Casino from Par-A-Dice Casino and Tin Lizard Restaurant
  • Tickets to a St. Louis Cardinals Game from the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Bulova Clock from CMK Jewelers
  • Kyle Hendricks Signed Baseball from the Chicago Cubs
  • Peoria Riverfront Museum Tickets from the Peoria Riverfront Museum
  • Bee Keeping Experience from the Woods Apiary
  • Peoria Park District Passes from the Peoria Park District
  • Photography Session from Krista Skein Photography
  • Tickets to a Peoria Chiefs Game from the Peoria Chiefs
  • Two Hours of Decluttering from ABC Decluttering
  • CBD Dog Basket from Your CBD Store
  • 8 x 10 Rug from Billy’s Furniture

This is not a complete list of the items for auction. There are many more gift cards, certificates and gift items, as well as raffle baskets available!




Brix Challenge 2023 – Final Week

Humane Society’s Brix Challenge Hoping for a Big Finish


This year’s Brix Challenge is approaching the finish line as the month of October comes to an end. For those who have contributed in any way to this year’s challenge, our most sincere thanks. Because of the fantastic support of this HSMC fundraiser over the past 9 years (individual, media, business support and more) the Brix Challenge has become the largest single source of fundraising for the HSMC’s annual operating costs. That translates directly into happier lives for many animals in McDonough County who will benefit from its success.

NO AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL. All Brix Challenge donations raised during the month of October will be used directly to save lives and help animals in need.

The Humane Society of McDonough County (HSMC) is a 100% volunteer organization supported entirely on donations and gifts. While much of our work supports the county-run animal shelter we are a separate entity from the county animal shelter (MCAS). HSMC members, volunteers, and supporters work tirelessly to help animals in McDonough County and their families. The

HSMC is committed to furthering our vision to provide humane care and treatment for all cats and dogs in the county and rely on continuous financial support to do so.

Becoming a part of the Brix Challenge is easy. You can help by sharing the details of this important fundraiser with friends and family, spreading the word through your social media, and/or sending your tax-deductible donation to:

“The Brix Challenge 2023”
Humane Society of McDonough County
PO Box 7
Macomb, IL 61455

You may also use the PayPal or Venmo options on the HSMC website at www.hsmcil.org

Please help us reach the finish to this year’s Brix Challenge with another huge success. Together we can do so much to help the animals we all care so much about. Thank you so much.